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A win for educational opportunity in North Carolina

The North Carolina Supreme Court held true to the principle of "liberty and justice for all" by upholding the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This monumental decision liberates thousands of low-income children from being trapped in an inferior educational model.

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School buildings in N.J. must be repurposed to keep up with technology

New Jersey's commercial real estate has been dramatically impacted by recent technological advances, to the point that many office buildings have been closed or demolished. Now – given the proliferation of online education and mobile communications – could the same be in store for our public schools?

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Broad scale changes to public education not easy

In the debate over testing in schools, under attack from both left and right of the political spectrum these days, the underlying question is too often missed: How do taxpayers, who fund the public schools, know the quality of the product?

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Switching high schools for athletics shouldn’t happen, but it does

The dark side to Texans' competitive nature is a growing abuse of rules prohibiting transfers for athletic purposes. One partial solution is to have cases heard by a different district’s executive committee, at least mitigating direct conflict of interest.

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No pullback on need for testing, school accountability in Oregon

While the new Smarter Balanced teacher evaluation tool still incorporates student test scores as an accountability factor, it's up to teachers and their supervisors to customize what the goals are and what should be considered a sign of student growth.

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School of choice, or a revolving door?

More and more Michigan families are opting to move their children out of the schools they would attend by residency to neighboring districts through the state’s popular school of choice program. But a new study reveals that fewer than half stay in that neighboring district.

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Poverty affects education — and our systems perpetuate it

Funding education via property taxes aligned to varying algorithms of local, state and federal streams results in fundamental inequities. Such systems reward those who require the least rewarding and instruct those living in the poorest areas that the only way out is to relocate.

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School libraries need funding, innovation to help turn recent trends

The funding for school libraries has diminished over the years, as has the number of schools overall. Funding, donations and innovations are critical to help school reverse the trend of limited funding and increased closings.

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South Dakota’s surplus funds could help raise teacher salaries

The state had a budget surplus for the fourth year. Public education could have used some of those funds. One would think that in lieu of the criticism school districts face from many legislators every year that perhaps some districts may actually be correct when they state they are underfunded.

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Kansas must do more for teachers and schools

As Kansas education officials were expressing angst this month over reports of teachers leaving their jobs at an alarming rate, the Olathe School District announced plans for closing a $2 million budget hole. Among the cost-cutting measures: The demise of a one-on-one mentoring program for first-year teachers.

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